6 Cello Sonatas

Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 and Variations (2002)

Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 and Variations (2002)
MP3 (CBR 320 kbps) | 02:18:00 | 334 MB
Genre: Classical | Label: Deutsche Grammophon

A case of deja entendu here, since I reviewed these performances when they originally came out. I enjoyed them then and still do, for both artists offer wit, affection and agility. One can at times think the sheer force and passion of Martha Argerich's personality a bit too obvious, not least in the C major Sonata, where Maisky characteristically sounds smoother and more persuasive.
Emmanuelle Bertrand - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 - Cello Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 (2017) [Official Digital Download 24/96]

Emmanuelle Bertrand - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 - Cello Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/96 kHz | Time - 66:49 minutes | 1.15 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

"That’s it done at last, this blasted sonata! Will it please or not? That is the question." So wrote Saint-Saëns, not without humour, of his second ‘quadruped’ for cello and piano. He adored the cello, as is shown by much more than the famous 'Swan'. He wrote three sonatas for it, but unfortunately the last two movements of the Third Sonata have been lost and what is left survives only in manuscript. Emmanuelle Bertrand and Pascal Amoyel play it here with emotion and total respect. The Concerto also included here is today one of the ‘musts’ of the concertante repertory for cello.
Christophe Coin, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood - Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Concertos (1989)

Antonio Vivaldi: 6 Cello Concertos (1989)
Christophe Coin, cello; The Academy of Ancient Music; Christopher Hogwood, conductor

EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 261 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 133 Mb | Scans ~ 47 Mb
Classical, Baroque | Label: Decca, L'Oiseau-Lyre | # 421 732-2 | 00:57:32

Following his attractive performance of six of Vivaldi's cello sonatas, Christophe Coin has recorded six of the composer's 24 or so concertos for the instrument. Five of these, Michael Talbot tells us in an interesting accompanying note, probably belong to the 1720s while the sixth, the Concerto in G minor (RV416), is evidently a much earlier work. Coin has chosen, if I may use the expression somewhat out of its usual context, six of the best and plays them with virtuosity and an affecting awareness of their lyrical content. That quality, furthermore, is not confined to slow movements but occurs frequently in solo passages of faster ones, too. It would be difficult to single out any one work among the six for particular praise. My own favourite has long been the happily spirited Concerto in G major (RV413) with which Coin ends his programme. Strongly recommended. (Gramophone Magazine)
Steven Isserlis, Robert Levin - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas (2014)

Steven Isserlis, Robert Levin - Beethoven: Cello Sonatas (2014)
MP3 320 kbps | 02:38:55 min | Covers included | 365 mb
Genre: Classical / Label: Hyperion

On this recording, Steven Isserlis, together with his regular collaborator, fortepianist Robert Levin, presents a magisterial compendium of Beethoven's complete works for cello and piano, including Beethoven's arrangement of his Horn Sonata. The use of the fortepiano opens up a wealth of sonic possibilities for these works.
Emmanuelle Bertrand - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 - Cello Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 (2017)

Emmanuelle Bertrand - Saint-Saëns: Cello Concerto No. 1 - Cello Sonatas Nos. 2 & 3 (2017)
EAC Rip | FLAC (Tracks) +cue, log, m3u, digital booklet - 245 MB | 01:06:50
Classical | Label: harmonia mundi

The French cellist-star Emmanuelle Bertrand (who seems to have forgotten a little something on the cover photo of the album …) embarks here in an exploration of several masterpieces of Saint-Saëns, one of the French composers who most enriched the repertoire of the instrument with two concertos, two other concert works, two completed sonatas and some other isolated works. His first Concerto, given here with the Lucerne Symphony Orchestra, dates from 1872 - the first creative period, still marked by Schumann or Mendelssohn, even though in the harmonic and orchestral limpidity "à la française" of which Saint-Saëns Would always be the defender.
Liana Mosca & Pierre Goy - Boccherini: 6 Violin Sonatas, Op. 5 (2017)

Liana Mosca & Pierre Goy - Boccherini: 6 Violin Sonatas, Op. 5 (2017)
Classical | MP3 CBR 320 kbps | 01:37:36 | 226 MB
Label: Stradivarius

Published in Paris in 1768, the Sei Sonate, Op. 5 (G 25-30), are Boccherini's first compositions for keyboard, probably inspired by the playing of their dedicatee Mme. Brillon de Jouy, who Charles Burney considered to be one of the greatest keyboard players in Europe at that time. Boccherini met her while staying in Paris in 1767-1768 (from whence he had intended to go to London). This intimate friend of Benjamin Franklin Owned several harpsichords and 'new' pianos, including one sent from London by Johann Christian Bach, similar to the square piano made by Frederick Beck recorded here. Violinist Liana Mosca began studying her instrument at the Suzuki Talent Center in Turin. She received her degree at the Milan Conservatory, and began winning international competitions in 1987. She has recorded for several labels, and currently teaches at the Accademia Suzuki in Turin and is a Teacher Trainer with the Italian Suzuki Institute.
Luca Magariello & Cecilia Novarino - Myaskovsky: Cello Sonatas (2017)

Luca Magariello & Cecilia Novarino - Myaskovsky: Cello Sonatas
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 46:58 min | 174 MB
Label: Brilliant Classics | Tracks: 05 | Rls.date: 2017

Along with sonatas by Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Prokofiev, the Second Sonata Op.81 is a repertoire work for cellists, Russian or otherwise, for its vein of melancholy Romanticism that is yet not so dark and introverted as most of the 27 symphonies for which Myaskovsky is best known. Meanwhile the First Sonata has been almost entirely neglected, even by performers so committed to the promotion of their musical heritage as Rostropovich, Gutman and Geringas.
Brian Thornton & Spencer Myer - Brahms: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2 (2017)

Brian Thornton & Spencer Myer - Brahms: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 & 2
Classical | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 55:24 min | 250 MB
Label: Steinway and Sons | Tracks: 07 | Rls.date: 2017

Brian Thornton, acclaimed cello soloist and distinguished member of the Cleveland Orchestra, collaborates with Steinway Artist Spencer Myer on a fabulous new recording of the great Sonatas for Cello and Piano by Johannes Brahms. Brian Thornton is a musician of many interests. As a cellist and a conductor he has performed in hundreds of venues across the globe, from The White House in Washington DC to the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China.
Federico del Sordo & Valerio Losito - Telemann: 6 Violin Sonatas (2017)

Federico del Sordo & Valerio Losito - Telemann: 6 Violin Sonatas
Classical, Chamber Music | WEB FLAC (tracks) & d. booklet | 58:15 min | 345 MB
Label: Brilliant Classics | Tracks: 24 | Rls.date: 2017

Rare is the month at present when Brilliant Classics does not release a new recording which delves further into the protean output of that most prolific of composers, Georg Philipp Telemann. In the year that he is remembered with particular enthusiasm, 250 years after his death in Hamburg, the breadth of his achievement can be appreciated more than ever, not least thanks to recent recordings of the recorder sonatas (BC95247), concertos and suites for flute (BC95147), double concertos with recorder (BC95249), oboe concertos (BC95379), and a reissue of the classic account of the complete Tafelmusik (BC92177), which is the modern counterpart to the Bruggen recording that brought Telemann’s name to so many listeners half a century ago.
Marco Ceccato, Accademia Ottoboni - Vivaldi: Cello Sonatas (2014) [Official Digital Download 24/88]

Marco Ceccato, Accademia Ottoboni - Vivaldi: Cello Sonatas (2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88.2 kHz | Time - 74:57 minutes | 1.26 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet

Vivaldi’s Opus 14 Sonatas are part of the cello’s ‘great repertoire and also some of the works from the last years of the ‘Red Priest’. Quite simply – and regardless of Igor Stravinsky’s curiously rash judgement regarding Vivaldi’s work –, these sonatas are splendid, making this instrument sound as only a composer who is an experienced virtuoso instrumentalist himself – in this case, a violinist – can do.